Estonia Independence Day History
Independence Day in Estonia celebrates Estonia's official and public proclamation of independence. On 24 February 1918, the Maapaev, a six-member Provisional National Council, elected a three-person Salvation Committee, the Paastekomitee. This Salvation Committee drafter a declaration of independence, later approved by the Provisional Council and publicly declared. Following the declaration, Estonia was then forced to fight for its independence against Soviet Russia and German forces, a war which was eventually won and commemorated as Victory Day.
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